Monday, February 17, 2014

Inspiration Week: My Favourite Design Books

Welcome to Inspiration Week here at Oliver and Rust. I am often asked by people in person and virtually where I get my ideas from. While there is no direct answer to the way my brain works and sees things, I do soak up a lot of inspiration from outward sources. 
I thought it would be a neat idea to do a series of posts of sharing where some of my inspiration comes from.
I will be going through everything from books, designers to instagram. I hope you enjoy a peek into my favourites.

Happy Monday everyone!

We are starting out this inspiration week with some of my favourite design books and a little peek inside each one. I have quite a few design books and they are piled throughout our home so I choose 6 of the ones that I go back to time and time again for a little brain refresh when an idea is stuck and won't come out.  Many of these gems can be found in my Amazon sidebar if you can't find them at your local stores.

from the top of the heap down:
Inspired You by Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed)
Decorating with White by Country Living
Patina Style by Brooke and Steve Giannetti (Velvet & Linen)
Pale & Interesting by Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote
Decorate by Holly Becker (Decor8) and Joanna Copestick 
a life less ordinary by Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre

And a little snoop inside each one with why I love it:


well i am quite sure this one is a no brainer. miss mustard seed is a guiding light for many a furniture painter and the recent release of her extremely successful furniture paint line just goes to show what a force she really is. i have great hopes to meet her this year when we head down to luckett's. her book is full of inspiring "real" photos of her home and tutorials that anyone with a paint brush and/or a sewing machine can accomplish in their home.
when i opened the book to this page i realized that the blue and white coffee jar is the same as a set i picked up this week for the etsy shop. great minds think alike.

ah country living how i love thee. the magazine itself is always my favourite, featuring real homes and design that people actually live with. although it seems to have slipped as of late as they try to find their legs after moving it away from New York with editor Sarah Gray Miller no longer at the helm. i am sure i am not the only one rooting for them to get back to normal. this book decorating with white is exactly as it sounds. from more modern to ironstone collections galore, this book has it. if you are a colourful person, move on but, the textures that are combined in these rooms show how lovely white interiors are without screaming for attention.

   well i don't think i even need a caption for this book. i have written entire posts on my love of the book patina style. the first photo of brooke's office is even the inspiration for my dining room china cabinet i redid last year. this is hands down my favourite book. PERIOD!



pale & interesting is a book that i have had for quite some time. it features a lot of neutral spaces but includes a lot of different styles. modern, rustic, primitive. lots of great photos of all the spaces in the home.

 decorate is written by one of the big time bloggers. decor8 has been around for a long time and is more for the modern ecectic set but still has great display ideas, vignettes and colour. lots of colour. it is a nice big book and tours around many homes with interesting captions. there are layouts and ideas for every space and ways you can incorporate them into your home.

 the newest addition to my design book library. very rustic, very neutral, very awesome. this book is printed on natural style non-shiny paper and is the focus of the 2 women's home and shop life. they are best friends and co-owners of their store and the book features all of these spaces. it is inspiring to me that 2 people can have such a cohesive vision and make a successful living doing exactly what they love. for me this book is about the spaces but also the stories. is gives me shop motivation for the space i want to create for others to visit away from their hectic lives.

Well I hope I have introduced you to some books you haven't heard of and if not them a renewed interest to curl up with a cup of coffee on these cold days (unless you live in California, then shut up. we the freezing northerners aren't interested in your 80 degree comments. i still love you though)

Have a great day and see you tomorrow for some more inspiration,


  1. Oh boy, most of these books are on my list of wants. Love them all. You blog really inspires me. Thank you!

  2. I can't wait to get YOUR book! (Although I've heard you don't make a lot of money on writing books.) Now, I've got some book shopping to do! ;o)

  3. such a fun series! i love these books! i don't own any of them.... i am stingy. but i decided the other day i need to start collecting them more.... i love to peruse!

  4. I am going to LOVE this series! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for sharing your favorites. I love design books! I also have the first two. My shelves runneth over! '-)


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